From my Inbox

by Nathan Hamm on 5/28/2005

There are apparently about 200 Uzbek refugees in Urumqi. I’m assuming they are recent arrivals, but I’m trying to get more info. The word on the street is that they are from Tashkent, though that could mean they just got the bus in Tashkent. And if they’re from Tashkent (well, just not from the Andijon area), they may simple be in China looking for work. They are offering to for 200 RMB per month.

If they are fleeing the Uzbek government, I wonder if Beijing will ship them back.

Also, Peace Corps Uzbekistan is evacuating the most recently arrived group of volunteers. There have been ongoing problems obtaining long-term visas for the group, and this is likely Uzbekistan’s way of slowly getting rid of the Peace Corps rather than just asking them to leave.


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